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Is God anti-gay? (Questions Christians Ask) [Kindle Edition]

Sam Allberry
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It's the hot topic of the moment. Christians, the church and the Bible seem to be out of step with modern attitudes towards homosexuality. And there is growing hostility towards those who hold a different view. So is God homophobic? And what do we say, and how do we relate to to both Christians and non Christians who experience same-sex attraction.

In this short, simple book, Sam Allberry wants to help confused Christians understand what God has said about these questions in the scriptures, and offers a positive and liberating way forward through the debate.


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EXCELLENT. Short, clear, kind, understanding... this needs to be widely distributed. --- Jonathan Leeman, Editorial Director at 9Marks, blogger and author.

A great series and an excellent resource. Important issues tackled thoughtfully, carefully, thoroughly and biblically. You couldn't ask for anything more. So don't. Buy these and use them well. --- Steve Timmis, Director Acts 29 Europe

The gospel is good news, for homosexuals too. The gospel doesn't define us by our temptations but by the righteousness of Christ. This book sets forth the biblical case. The author captures perfectly the gospel's call to repentance and offer of mercy. Read this book and consider how God is calling you to love, in word and in deed, all of those around you. - --Russell D. Moore, President Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptist Convention

A great series and an excellent resource. Important issues tackled thoughtfully, carefully, thoroughly and biblically. You couldn't ask for anything more. So don't. Buy these and use them well. --- Steve Timmis, Director Acts 29 Europe

The gospel is good news, for homosexuals too. The gospel doesn't define us by our temptations but by the righteousness of Christ. This book sets forth the biblical case. The author captures perfectly the gospel's call to repentance and offer of mercy. Read this book and consider how God is calling you to love, in word and in deed, all of those around you. --- Russell D. Moore, President Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptist Convention

About the Author

Sam comes from Sevenoaks in Kent, but studied theology at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford, and has since worked at St Ebbe's Church, Oxford, and now serves at a church in Maidenhead. Hobbies include reading, watching The West Wing and anything to do with South-East Asia.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 720 KB
  • Print Length: 67 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Good Book Company (8 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FQPDKBU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,333 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sam comes from Sevenoaks in Kent, but studied theology at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford, and has since worked at St Ebbe's Church, Oxford, and now serves at a church in Maidenhead. His passion is helping people understand the significance and wonder of biblical truth.

Hobbies include reading, watching The West Wing, bad jokes and anything to do with South-East Asia.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
My friend Sam Allberry has bravely spoken about his own struggle with same sex attraction, what he believes the Bible says about that, and his decision to live a celibate lifetyle as part of his devotion to Jesus Christ. The idea of anybody being willing to lay down his life in this way seems strange to the modern mind. But Allberry believes it is no sacrifice to him to do so. Too few people are able to really listen to those we disagree with, so read this whatever your view on the most controversial issue that today faces the Church and broader society (and their relationship). You will not be disappointed and will understand Sam's viewpoint better, and become more compassionate towards homosexuals. A friend of mine reported that in his workplace he is the only one who has a traditional view of marriage and sexuality. He is also the only friend of the one openly homosexual there. In the world many homosexuals still face discrimination and even hate crimes. Imagine the impact if every homosexual felt the people that were most accepting and loving towards them were the Christians.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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The author struggles with Same Sex Attraction which gives weight to his view on these matters. His theology is orthodox and entirely Biblical. He advocates love and truth as our main approaches, but this book empowers the reader to know what Christianity really does teach on this subject and gives guidance on how to help people who come across our path. he also explains why same sex marriage isn't compatible with Christianity.
The author also points out that although society tends to label us by our sexuality that "hetero" or "homo" are not our identity - the whole person is much bigger that our attraction.
Sam has been brave to write the truth as we live in a society that tends to censor our beliefs, but he is clearly a person who helps everyone who approaches him whatever their sexual history.
This book is compact and easy to read - I thoroughly recommend it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly helpful 22 Jan. 2014
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This is a superb little book on one of the most controversial issues for the Christian church today. Recommended for all Christians who want to respond helpfully to homosexuality or to gay friends, or who have questions over their own sexuality.

Sam Allberry writes as a Christian who has faced (and still faces) same-sex attraction. So he knows what he's talking about; and he knows what a painful and emotive subject this will be for many. But he also writes as someone with a love for Jesus Christ and the bible's teaching that sexual activity is only right within heterosexual marriage. This combination, together with his ability to put complicated things clearly and concisely, makes the book an extremely useful one.

His fundamental point is a simple one: God is not 'anti-gay' any more than he is 'anti-pride' or 'anti-greed'. But God is 'anti' all of us who, by nature, are living apart from him and living for ourselves. We all face different pressures and temptations; and, by the same gospel, repentance and faith in Christ can bring salvation to us all. The Christian life, says Allberry, is supposed to be about 'taking up your cross'; and he doesn't think his 'cross' (which happens to include resisting same-sex attraction) is necessarily any harder to carry than the cross of anyone else who is serious about following Jesus. I was inspired by the way the writer positively delights in Christ and rejoices through his struggles, knowing that it is all for the best.

There are five short chapters: first, an overview of the bible's teaching on sex and marriage generally; then a look at its teaching on homosexuality specifically. Then come chapters on homosexuality and the Christian, homosexuality and the church, and homosexuality and the world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Only half the story 3 Nov. 2014
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Don't get me wrong, this book has its uses, but it is far from what it says on the tin. The title 'Is God anti-gay?' implies a discussion on the matter; a review of both sides of the issue. This book is nothing more than a biased argument, heavily guarded from attacks by the opposing view point.
If you already hold an opinion similar to that of the author, then this book could be useful, as it talks through how to refine your view and how to deal with life as Christian under the consideration that your opinion is true. Half the book is spent doing the latter.
If you are someone who is searching for help/clarification on the issue, look elsewhere. This is only half the story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Speaking the truth in love 16 Mar. 2014
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I first came across Is God anti-gay on Carl Truman’s reading list and I am glad that I read this book. Sam has given the Christian community a book that it has needed for years! In this book, Sam carefully and skillfully handles the Bible text. He is pastoral and sensitive. While I would like to have seen Sam answer more questions, those that he has answered are the bigger, more common ones. I found his answers very useful and I will be coming back to read these time and time again. His answer to the question, ‘aren’t we just picking and choosing which Old Testament laws apply today?’ was good, but he could have taken a bit more time to explain the categories of the laws he uses (moral, civil, ceremonial) which may leave those unfamiliar with this categorization feeling a bit lost.

Aside from a minor quibble, ‘Is God anti-gay?’ is a readable and biblical response to handing the text and speaking the truth in love to those, who are experience same sex attraction, and yet are created in image of God. He is pastoral and exhorts us to careful listening and prayer, which will shape a Godly response of wisdom, counsel and gentle instruction.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A very helpful book.
A much needed book with clear practical wisdom. Much to take away. It'd be good for lots of church's to stock in their book shops.
Published 26 days ago by Cooper
1.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book on how to Spin you Homophobia , with a veneer of...
If your looking for a fair, balanced Theological / exegetical debate on Human sexuality or LGBTQI issues then this book is not for you! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Neil
5.0 out of 5 stars really helpful and clear
So good that it is written out of personal experience of SSA and the goodness of the Gospel. At the same time, thoroughly biblical. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dr Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars A thought-provoking little book on the place of gay people in the...
An interesting contribution to the current debate on the place of gay people in the Christian church. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Donald Thomson
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked this comprehensive book as it gives a straightforward and ...
I liked this comprehensive book as it gives a straightforward and kind description of the Christian attitude to same-sex relationships, or SSR. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Elfshopper197
5.0 out of 5 stars A well written book offering understanding and compassion. Full ...
A well written book offering understanding and compassion. Full of scripture, this is biblically sound in my opinion, and offers solid teaching on a sensitive subject.
Published 3 months ago by Julia Andrews
1.0 out of 5 stars Yes, Allberry's God is viciously anti-gay
Oh dear what a depressing little book. Allberry’s arguments against homosexual sex are hopeless. He writes that ‘two men, or two women, cannot become one flesh… they can have a... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. D. J. Warden
1.0 out of 5 stars Harmful and not from God
I was very keen to read this particular book. As a gay christian, I find my own relationship with God very satisfying an personal. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Michael Wiles
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Interesting and to the point!
Published 5 months ago by iris091
5.0 out of 5 stars A book full of Grace!
Thought provoking, relevant, challenging and humbling. A great little book that I'd recommend to everyone I know, young or old.
Published 5 months ago by Deborah Fraser
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